Max Planck Research Network for Synthetic Biology

Max Planck Research Network for Synthetic Biology

MaxSynBio is the research network of the Max Planck Society for synthetic biology to which 20 research groups from 9 Max Planck Institutes, the Friedrich Alexander University and University Bordeaux contribute. Our goal is to understand the underlying principles of life by building cellular structures from scratch using inanimate biochemical building blocks, namely membranes, proteins and DNA. It is our hope that the insights will help us to understand the miracles of life but also foster new innovations for medicine and bioeconomy (Illustration by the courtesy of Kerstin Göpfrich).
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Synthetic Biology: Life, Remixed
Like engineering, synthetic biology involves building new biological systems from units and modules. Scientists have already produced organisms that make drugs or biofuels, and have pieced together a synthetic organism using only genetic data. In collaboration with other fields, synthetic biology could transform biotechnology and generate useful insights into the foundations of life.

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Nika Marušič, Lado Otrin, Jonas Rauchhaus, Ziliang Zhao, Fotis L. Kyrilis, Farzad Hamdi, Panagiotis L. Kastritis, Rumiana Dimova, Ivan Ivanov, and Kai Sundmacher, "Increased efficiency of charge-mediated fusion in polymer/lipid hybrid membranes," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119 (20), e2122468119 (2022).
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Nika Marušič, Ziliang Zhao, Lado Otrin, Rumiana Dimova, Ivan Ivanov, and Kai Sundmacher, "Fusion‐Induced Growth of Biomimetic Polymersomes: Behavior of Poly(dimethylsiloxane)‐Poly(ethylene oxide) Vesicles in Saline Solutions Under High Agitation," Macromolecular Rapid Communications 43 (5), e2100712 (2022).
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Raheel Ahmad, Christin Kleineberg, Vahid Nasirimarekani, Yu-Jung Su, Samira Goli Pozveh, Albert Bae, Kai Sundmacher, Eberhard Bodenschatz, Isabella Guido, Tanja Vidaković-Koch, and Azam Gholami, "Light-Powered Reactivation of Flagella and Contraction of Microtubule Networks: Toward Building an Artificial Cell," ACS Synthetic Biology 10 (6), 1490-1504 (2021).
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In Bristol, UK, the Max Planck Society is building a research center for synthetic biology with the local university: the Max Planck-Bristol Center in Minimal Biology.

“That is something a lot of scientists have been dreaming of”, says Professor Petra Schwille, Director at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry.

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